International Criminal Police Organisation(Interpol) with Malawi Police Service officers have joined the hunt for stolen vehicles smuggled into the country with former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’, has had his two cars checked.
In their operation, Interpol will fan out across the country, mounting random checkpoints on major Malawi roads and stopping vehicles they suspect to have been stolen.
The international police team have so far visited Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) offices to inspect the two – a silver Mercedes Benz registration ZA 361 and an unregistered black 4 Matic GL 500 – which the body impounded in November last year, suspected to have been stolen from South Africa.
Deputy National police spokesperson, Mable Nkhata, confirmed the Interpol operation, saying the “vehicles are suspected to have been stolen from South Africa”
The Interpol operation is said not be targeting at Mphwiyo as most of the “high end” vehicles belong to the senior members of government, high profile politicians and businessmen.
Mphwiyo and his wife Thandizo were recently arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on charges of theft, money laundering amounting to K2.1 billion and obstructing the course of justice.
They are currently both out on bail.
The former budget director is also a principal state witness in his attempted murder case where five people including former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara are answering an attempted murder charge
Mphwiyo’s shooting unravelled ‘cashgate’ and the resultant discovery that up to US $30 million was minted from the government payment system, where politicians and businessmen colluded with civil servants for payments for goods and services not rendered to government.